10/12/18: Meridian QB Dawson Logan breaks off a long run against Nooksack Valley. PHOTO: Tyler Anderson of WhatcomPreps.com
Meridian Runs Over Nooksack Valley 40-27
October 13, 2018
Meridian celebrated the return of their all-state lineman Adam Kruzich in the best way possible, by running the football. The Trojans mounted a near unstoppable rushing attack to beat the Nooksack Valley Pioneers 40-to-27 Friday night in Laurel.
Led by quarterback Dawson Logan, Meridian (5-2, 3-1 NWC) ran for 326 yards and four touchdowns to pick up their 3rd straight victory. A bulk of that rushing attack came behind Kruzich after the 233-pound senior returned from injury after missing 3 plus games.
"It felt awesome, it's been a long road trying to get back this season," said Kruzich. "The entire team we came together, we had a job, we did it."
Logan totaled 199 yards and 3 scores on the ground. The senior also connected with Kevin Galiano in the first half and Dylan Hickok in the second for touchdowns.
Hickok added a rushing touchdown and Cole Roberts picked up 93 yards on the ground.
Galiano's 25-yard TD catch just 9 seconds before halftime opened up a tight contest giving the Trojans an 18-7 halftime advantage.
Nooksack Valley scored on their first drive of the second half. Austin O'Bryan linked up with Tyler Rawls on a 26 yard scoring strike to pull to within 18-13, but that's as close as they would get the rest of the contest.
The Pioneers kept mounting a comeback. it wasn't until Alex Carrillo and Galiano each picked off passes on back-to-back Nooksack Valley drives inside of 4 minutes that Meridian could finally secure their fifth win of the season.
"This is Whatcom County football. We're all good football teams and good football teams play that way. We were just lucky to get this one," said Meridian coach Bob Ames.
O'Bryan was the offensive focal point for the Pioneers. The senior finished the night going 16-of-32 for 193 passing yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also added 169 yards rushing on 23 carries and a TD.
Nooksack Valley (3-4, 0-4 NWC) will play host to the Lynden Christian next Friday still looking for their first 1A conference victory of the year.
Meridian will next play at Mount Baker October 19th. It will be a battle for first place in the NWC 1A after the Mountaineers beat the Lyncs 20-13 Friday night. You can hear the Meridian at Mount Baker game on The Doug Lange Network with coverage beginning at 6:45pm.
- Doug Lange
Meridian's Adam Kruzich (77) & Dylan Hickok (33).
PHOTO: Tyler Anderson of WhatcomPreps.com
Meridian head coach Bob Ames. PHOTO: Tyler Anderson of WhatcomPreps.com
Lynden Head Coach Blake Van Dalen. PHOTO: Doug Lange